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Veterans say Vikings ‘a team on the upswing'

Veteran players believe the pieces are in place to continue the winning ways the Vikings found in 2012. They know some changes will be made, but they like what they see out of the young players.

Many of the Vikings' veterans maintain they weren't completely surprised by the success of the team in 2012, despite most outside observers picking the Vikings to finish last in the division with about five or six wins. Some said they figured they would have a chance at a winning record when they saw how the new pieces were performing in training camp, but no matter the timing of the buy-in...

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